Will Agent Carter Be Renewed for Season 3?

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 - 3:38PM
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Agent Carter
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 - 3:38PM
Will Agent Carter Be Renewed for Season 3?
Agent Carter's season finale, aptly titled "Hollywood Ending," resolved a lot of plotlines and character arcs, but also ended on a pretty big cliffhanger, seemingly leaving the door wide open for an as-yet-unconfirmed third season. But will this low-rated but critically adored show manage to get renewed? The answer, for now, is: it's possibly, but it doesn't look good.
First off, the ratings are just not high enough. Agent Carter has some of the lowest ratings on ABC, scoring only a .82 rating with the 18-49 demographic, which is lower than the already-canceled Blood and Oil and only slightly higher than Galavant, which is considered to be all but canceled at this point. As of March 1, Agent Carter is considered to be "likely to be canceled," by TV by the Numbers, and that was before the finale hit a series low in the ratings last night. There's a small chance that if the fans had rallied for the (possibly series) finale, the powers-that-be would have brought it back for one more season in order to tie up the remaining plot threads, but any show getting lower ratings in a finale is a very, very bad sign.

Plus, there's the fact that Hayley Atwell has just been cast in Conviction, a legal drama about the shady, investigative version of the Innocence Project. This isn't an issue for scheduling purposes, especially considering how few episodes Agent Carter produces per season.

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"That's something ABC has talked about a lot [with me]," Atwell said before the finale. "If [Conviction and Agent Carter season three] both got picked up, then we'd work out some way where I could do both."
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So it's not a logistical problem per se, but it may signal a desire on ABC's part to keep working with Atwell in some capacity, which would indicate that Agent Carter is on its last legs. Atwell's presence has been universally beloved by critics and fans alike, and ABC likely considers her a major asset. But now, if they cancel Agent Carter, they won't have to worry about losing her anymore.

And finally, there's the fact that the Marvel/ABC partnership has other, more reliably profitable properties to fall back on. Not only is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doing much better in the ratings, but the Mockingbird/Lance Hunter spin-off, Marvel's Most Wanted, is on its way next year. There's been no word on how many episodes the spin-off will produce in its first season, so there's every chance that it could literally take Agent Carter's place and air episodes during Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s hiatus. As much as we love Agent Carter and don't want it to be canceled, this would be a smart move, as Marvel's Most Wanted is more directly tied to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has a built-in fanbase of AOS viewers. 

So, in conclusion, it's probably time to start mourning Peggy and the gang... or start an online petition and #SaveAgentCarter Twitter campaign.

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